Korean Place Names

Korean names are used in South and North Korea. Note that depending on the Korean characters used these names can have many other meanings besides those listed here. See also about Korean names.
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CHOSUN조선, 朝鮮(Region & Country)Korean
Variant transcription of JOSEON.
DAEHAN대한, 大韓(Country)Korean
From Sino-Korean (dae) meaning "big, great" and (han) meaning "Korea". This is the official Korean name for South Korea.
DONGGYEONG동경, 東京(Settlement)Korean
Korean form of TOKYO.
GORYEO고려(Region)Korean
Possibly means "walled city" or "center" in Korean. This was the name of a kingdom which ruled most of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is based on it.
HANGUK한국, 韓國(Region)Korean
From Sino-Korean (han) meaning "Korea" and (guk) meaning "country, land". This is the term used in South Korea to refer to South Korea or the entire Korean Peninsula.
JOSEON조선, 朝鮮(Region & Country)Korean
This was the name of two kingdoms in the history of Korea. The first was conquered by the Han Empire in the 2nd century BC. The second ruled Korea from the 14th century until the 19th century. The name of these kingdoms was written using the Sino-Korean characters (jo) meaning "dynasty" and (seon) meaning "new", though the actual origin is assumed to be Korean. This name is now used in North Korea to refer to the country of North Korea.
JUNGGUK중국, 中國(Country)Korean
Korean form of ZHONGGUO.